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and we don't.
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Google's hidden trackers.
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Military Sisterhood Initiative to go live February 18
A social platform to build peer

support community for women Veterans

Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Benefits

Thomas J. Seiter, Jr., M.D.
Independent Medical Opinions

Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQ's)
Service & Civilian Medical Record Reviews
Nexus Letters


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Traveling?

​How to ensure seamless care while traveling

Download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter

proving their status. 

For Better Brain Health, Preserve Your Hearing
Hearing loss is the largest modifiable risk factor for developing dementia, exceeding that of smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and social isolation.

AT WAR
40 Stories From Women

About Life in the Military​   

"Not Many Women Get

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You've Arrived at the VAWatchdog Dot Org!
​Welcome Home
We've been keeping veterans informed of news and events important to them since 2005.
You'll find all you need to file your claim and referrals to professionals who can help you when things don't go well. 
What you won't find here is unending chat or opinions from strangers who like to think of themselves as experts. 
Our goal is to ensure that you are awarded the benefits you earned with your service to our country. 

We're here to help you take charge of your benefits, and that is all.

​Do It Yourself
You Do NOT Need A Representative
We are a DIY site!
If you have an existing rating and you believe that the rated condition is worse

than it was when it was rated or if you believe that your rating is just too low, you

must formally file a claim to increase the rating.

Talking with your doctor or other veterans won't get the process started.
You have to submit the forms. No form, no benefit!

Misuse of Certain Nonopioid Analgesics on the Rise
Gabapentin, Baclofen May Be Seen

as Opioid Alternatives

How Divorce, Alimony, and Child Support

Affect Veterans' VA Benefits
VA benefits can be garnished only for spousal

or child support, and only under certain conditions.

How to file a VA disability claim
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

or increased disability compensation.

Look at the ratings table for your existing benefit.
The
Schedule For Rating Disabilities is your guide to what you may be eligible for. You may
learn that your current rating is already at the maximum or that you're current 
rating is seriously deficient. You have to research it to know.

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One More Reason You Need An Independent Medical Opinion

VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

Accuracy of Claims Decisions Involving Conditions of the Spine

Training book used for VA

'How To Lie With Statistics'

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Why Getting a Diagnosis Matters

​A diagnosis does so much more than get noted in your medical history. It also can help you apply for programs like Social Security Disability and medical marijuana cards. And maybe even more importantly, it can help you explain yourself to friends, colleagues and family.

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Jim's Mailbag

Your 2020 Guide to Social Security Benefits
Whether you’re claiming Social Security in 2020, have been collecting benefits for years, or are still decades away, here’s what you need to know about this critically important retirement program.

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Determine exactly what your current ratings are before you proceed.
Dig out those original award letters so that you know exactly what sort of benefits and ratings you 
have. Don't just guess at it, get the facts. You may need to check your records at the eBenefits site.

Your Health

Urgent Care Centers

One of the most important benefits you have today is

the authorization to use an urgent care center

near to you. But first, you have to

print your paperwork

to take with you. Don't wait until you need this

benefit to prepare for it. Read this now,

print your papers and be prepared!

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I did that for years & it's

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VA  loves  volunteers!

Chronic Pain Is an Impossible Problem
A “safe” alternative to opioid painkillers

turns out to be not so safe.

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Key findings about America’s military veterans

​​The experiences of post-9/11 veterans differ from

those who served in previous eras. Post-9/11

veterans more likely to have been deployed,

seen combat, experienced emotional trauma

​C&P Service Clinician’s Guide
Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?
This is a must read for you!!!​
I've been posting this again and again over the years 
and it's still one of the best ways I know to win 
your case. Published in 2002 the principles and much of 
the verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

How Do You Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Information on social security disability benefits

An IMO by an expert  often makes the difference!

How To File a VA Disability Appeal
You have the right to appeal any benefits decision made by the Veterans Benefits Administration. The VA appeals process is set in law and is different from other judicial appeals processes. Find out how to file an appeal.

Has VA medical care caused you an injury or other harm?

You can sue the VA for medical malpractice but it's a complex process and you'll want lawyers who have

done this successfully in the past. There are strict time limits and draconian regulations to follow. 

​Get some advice today...call now!

Do You Need

Medical Care

RIGHT NOW?
​You are already authorized

to use an urgent

care clinic!

Should I file a claim?

Potential VA claims?

​What am I missing in the VA claims process?

​r/VeteransBenefits

Best way to check on a supplemental claim online?

​Confused on what to do with claim.

​Dependent status with education benefits.

​Suing the VA for negligence and malpractice.​​

Gather your evidence and records to support the increase. ​

If there are civilian medical records, you have to gather those for yourself. 

Do not rely on VA to obtain your civilian records.

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It's time to file the claim


Be as precise as you can to describe just what it is that you want. 

Provide supporting evidence.


Congratulations! You're done.​​

Veteran Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

Social Security Scammers Are Trying a New Trick
These criminals have added fake emailed documents to their repertoires -- often using the official SSA letterhead.

38 CFR Book C 

Schedule for Rating Disabilities

Extra Schedular Rating

​Extra schedular ratings under

38 C.F.R. § 3.321(b)

​How can I get an extra schedular rating?

​To receive an extra schedular rating the veteran

must first show that the veteran’s

conditions result in a disability picture

that is not covered by the schedule of ratings. 

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​PTSD and other mental impairments
Military Sexual Trauma
Traumatic Brain Injury
Agent Orange exposure
Camp Lejeune water contamination
Gulf War Syndrome
Asbestos or Radiation exposure
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​Family Medical Leave Act problems after husband's deployment

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VA doctor malpractice

Child support arrears create hardship

68 year old veteran with cancer

When did the Vietnam era start

Radiation treatment for prostate cancer and now C& P exam

Diabetes claim secondary to OSA

Revisiting child support order

Gulf War veteran behavior found to be willful misconduct

​All these and many more answers to your questions can be found at 

Jim's Mailbag

Untreated Hearing Loss Linked

To Loneliness And Isolation For Seniors

Did you know that hearing loss and tinnitus are the

most commonly rated veterans disabilities? Did you

know that hearing loss and tinnitus can cause

other secondary conditions, particularly mental

health problems like depression and loneliness?

Proceed With Caution!!!

Any time we ask VA to open our file to make any adjustment, we open ourselves up to a

complete review of all ratings.  Many veterans get an unpleasant surprise when they discover

that their request for an increase leads to a proposal to decrease a rating. You have an absolute

right to be rated appropriately for each disabling condition you may have incurred during your

honorable military service. If you feel that your rating is not correct for your condition, by all

means seek an increase. Before you do...be sure that you can't lose. Check your current

condition's symptoms against the standards you find in The Schedule For Rating Disabilities.

Match your physical or mental health status to the ones you find there.

If you are confident that you can prove your entitlement to a higher rating, go for it.

If you aren't sure, sometimes sleeping dogs are best left to just lie there.

Welcome to the KnowVA Knowledge Base

Locate information more quickly and efficiently

VA launches online patient portal for veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

announced the launch of an online patient portal

this month that will provide service veterans

with digital access to their patient statements.

Owe VA Money??? 

​​Submit A Waiver Request

Jim's Mailbag

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits

and a member of the Stateside Legal Website Advisory BoardJim's Mailbag, is a regular column where veterans,

servicemembers, and family members can  ask Jim their questions about VA and Social Security disability benefits.  

You can browse all of these Q&As here, and search the Jim's Mailbag archives for helpful answers.

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What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

There Are Protections...When it comes to debt collection, disability income enjoys special status.

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VA Releases Survivors Quick Start Guide
Reference guide to help during final

arrangements planning

You must consider an IME or an IMO
An Independent Medical Examination or an Independent Medical Opinion

will often make the difference when the details of your claim aren't clear.
The physician who conducts such an exam is a neutral

observer and an expert in disability medicine.


Click here to learn more about these exams.